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August 13, 1960 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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It is with a heavy hearts we announce the passing of Paul Guthmiller Sr., 63, who left us on January 21, 2024. A lifetime resident of Manteca, Paul was born on August 13, 1960, to Frankie Jane Guthmiller and the late Arthur Guthmiller.
Paul was an alumni of Manteca High School graduating in 1978. He established deep roots and a reputation for dependability and integrity in his hometown of Manteca. For twenty years, Paul was the proud owner and operator of Paul's Auto Body Shop, where his honest and trustworthy nature won him the respect and friendship of many in the community.
His passion for automobiles went far beyond his business. Paul was an enthusiast who loved to rebuild cars and dig into mechanics. He was a source of knowledge and inspiration, generously teaching his sons, Paul Jr. and Jason, all he knew about cars. His expertise and zeal for motorsports translated into a thrilling decade-long career as a race car driver at the Stockton Speedway 99, where he raced car number 101. His journey in racing began in his youth, as he grew up racing dirt bikes, nurturing a need for speed and competition that would define much of his life.
Paul's love for the open road was shared with his son Jason, riding side by side on their Harley Davidsons on many road trips, creating memories that would last a lifetime. His sons were the center of his world; Paul's love for them was boundless, and he was the ideal father figure—loving unconditionally and willing to move mountains for them.
Those who knew Paul remember him as a classic "manly man," a towering figure of masculinity and kindness. He was the light of any gathering, able to fix almost anything he set his hands on and possessing a heart of gold.
Paul leaves behind his beloved mother, Frankie Jane Guthmiller; his sons, Paul Jr. and Jason; and his sister, Kathleen.
Paul may have left the track of life, but the race he ran was nothing short of extraordinary.